Low-cost airline Ryanair has cancelled 200 flights to and from Italy on Tuesday 6 September, stranding some 35,000 passengers. The company said that it took the action in response to the national strike called by the Italian trade union CGIL, some of whose 5.5 million members involved in the eight-hour industrial dispute are airport workers.

The airline has called on the EU and Italian authorities to introduce Europe-wide legisation to ban transport strikes, including in the skies. It describes trades unions